NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/22/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 22, 2014
Now that the training camp season is officially underway in the NFL, we’ll be hearing truckloads of fresh news updates each day on teams all across the league. There’s a lot to talk about today, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see who’s making news out there right now.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: The Giants got some encouraging news yesterday, when injured RB David Wilson tweeted that he’d been cleared to participate in training camp.
Wilson is coming off spinal fusion surgery on his neck and has been on a rehab program since last year in an effort to get back to the football field. This is great news for the Giants’ running game, as Wilson is the most dynamic and talented back they’ve got on their roster.
New York should be pretty well set at the running back position now. They’ve got Rashad Jennings and the newly-drafted Andre Williams on the depth chart, and any of their backs seem capable of handling a heavy load of carries.
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Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Listen up, fantasy owners. We’ve got some intriguing news coming out of the Arizona backfield. This off-season, there’s been much speculation that the Cardinals would be using both Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer as short-yardage backs, ahead of electric starter Andre Ellington.
That sentiment could be overstated, however, as sources close to the team are reporting that Ellington would get the third-down call on “a few occasions.”
The only thing holding back Ellington’s workhorse ability would be head coach Bruce Arians’ reluctance to overuse him. Ellington will get plenty of work in both the running and passing games, but expect to see the other two backs get their fair share of touches as well.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: The early reports on Sammy Watkins are in, and they’re already looking pretty impressive. The rookie receiver is dazzling his teammates at camp, causing QB E.J. Manuel to call him “special.”
Watkins comes into Buffalo with some high expectations after the team traded up to get him in the first round this year. He’ll more than likely end up being the team’s No. 1 WR, and could have a huge season if he can develop some chemistry with Manuel.
Watkins posted 224 receptions for 3,164 yards and 25 scores in college.
Week 1 Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we warm up for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the season, which begins September 4.
Thursday, September 4, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
Sunday, September 7, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
4:25 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Monday, September 8, 2014:
7:10 PM ET:
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (ESPN)
10:20 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)
NFL Off-Season Key Dates: We’re now back to full-on anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy dates from this off-season period that should keep us occupied until the league kicks off again.
Important 2014 Dates Remaining:
July 16: First Rookie Training Camp Reporting Date
July 19: First Veteran Training Camp Reporting Date
July 23-27: Training Camps Open
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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